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Re: Greening Laptop Use



At 10:12 AM 12/5/2008, Gary Miller wrote:
Today I came across this article http://www.slate.com/id/2205761/

I guess I had never looked at this resource before. They are addressing many sustainability/p2 questions.

My question, do you agree with their recommendations on laptop use and laptops versus desktops.
Is there a current ranking or rating of the green-ness of laptop and PC products.

If you're looking for energy ratings, Energy Star has that information. See http://www.eu-energystar.org/en/en_008p.shtml for an energy use calculator for desktops vs. laptops, generically (linked in the article). Computer manufacturers include energy use in the specs for different models.


Another good resource is Product Purchasing and Computer Power Management for Federal Agencies (http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=fed_agencies.fed_ag_index).

EPeat (http://www.epeat.net/) registered products have to meet certain environmental and energy criteria in order to be certified. Their web site has information for manufacturers and consumers.

Finally, Greenpeace just released their latest Guide to Greener Electronics. See http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/toxics/electronics/how-the-companies-line-up. They do quarterly updates, so the information here is usually pretty current.

Hope this helps.

Laura B.

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